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August 2010 Blog Posts (19)

The Mandela many have never seen

The world knows him as a saint – perhaps the only living saint there is. But a new book on Nelson Mandela’s years before he was jailed for life in 1964, has revealed a different face to Saint Mandela, portraying all his human vices. “These are sensitive, delicate personal issues, not only involving Mandela but others too – they speak of hidden tragedy and blighted lives,” says David James Smith, the author of the sensational new book, Young Mandela. Welcome to the Mandela many people have never… Continue

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The abandoned Zik mausoleum

By Sun News Publishing Sunday, August 29, 2010

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The recent media report that some concerned Nigerians and Ghanaians in the United States (U.S.) are raising funds through the Internet for the completion of the abandoned mausoleum of the late foremost nationalist and elder statesman, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, in Onitsha, Anambra State, shows that the nation, which Zik and his fellow compatriots salvaged from colonial bondage, has easily forgotten the legend.



It is,… Continue

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The Problem with Hell

When I was 26, I found out I was going to hell. Young, impressionable, and without a strong faith, I listened intently as the pastor of a church I was visiting described in graphic detail the tortuous, unquenchable flames that would burn human bodies forever and ever. He spoke of worms eating away at decaying flesh, total darkness without the presence of God, and worst of all, no release from those horrors for all eternity. I certainly didn't want to be one of those unfortunate many to feel the… Continue

Added by News Updates on August 28, 2010 at 8:48am — No Comments

Use and Abuse of Planes In the Presidential Fleet

Written by Anza Philips, Abuja Bureau Sunday, 22 August 2010


Fresh approval for the purchase of three jets for the presidential fleet raises dust on how the planes belonging to the presidency are used and even abused



Criticisms have continued to trail the decision of the federal government to buy three additional aircraft to beef up the Presidential Air Fleet, PAF. The federal government had on August 11, given approval for the release of $154 million, equivalent of N21…
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Nigeria's Youth Express Concerns on 2011 Election

This blog is part of the series: The Road to Nigeria's 2011 Elections



Nigerian youth, 18 and older, must believe in the future of their country and believe in the nation's elections process. This was the message on World Youth Day on August 12, 2010, in Abuja, as youth gathered in different venues around the country to take stock of their role in the future of Nigeria. On the heels of returning from President Obama's African Young Leaders Forum (AYLF), the three… Continue

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Why Political Opposition is Weak in Nigeria

Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, speaks to Chris Ajaero, assistant general editor, Emmanuel Uffot, assistant editor, and Ishaya Ibrahim, reporter researcher, on the recent merger between his party and the Democratic People’s Party, DPP, and the plan of the opposition to upstage the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2011general elections. Excerpts:



Newswatch: On Monday, August 9, your party,… Continue

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Heading for the Trenches

Opposition parties in Nigeria put their houses in order to give the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, a good fight in the 2011 elections



In April 2008 when Vincent Ogbulafor, erstwhile national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, boasted that the party would rule Nigeria for 60 years uninterrupted, the statement was greeted with anger and opprobrium by vocal members from opposition parties and the human rights community. But more than two years after Ogbulafor made the… Continue

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Who's a Jew? Redefining Jewish Identity for the 21st Century

There is arguably no more challenging question for the Jewish community than, "Who's a Jew?" It continually arises, over issues ranging from politics (most recently, the ultra-Orthodox control over Israeli conversions) to entertainment and even sports (is Amar'e or isn't he?). One thing is certain: the overwhelming majority of Jews globally were born into it. There's more than a little truth to the expression "members of the tribe."



For those not born Jewish, joining the Jewish… Continue

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The road we must take

By Ben Ezeamalu August 15, 2010 01:14AM

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For the residents of these areas, government seems far removed from them.


Tosin Oderinde has converted his commercial tricycle (popularly known as Keke Marwa) into a temporary sleeping shelter. For the second consecutive day, while his… Continue

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Who's a Pirate? In Court, A Duel Over Definitions

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Arab corsairs are pictured nearly getting away with their loot, including a woman, when attacked by indignant fishermen, in this early-19th-century painting
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NORFOLK, Va.—Not since Lt. Robert Maynard of the Royal Navy sailed back triumphantly to nearby Hampton Roads in 1718 with the severed head of Blackbeard swinging from his bowsprit has this Navy town been so embroiled in the fight against… Continue

Added by News Updates on August 14, 2010 at 7:22am — No Comments

Averting the sex strike in the offing

To the amazement of many, sex is increasingly becoming a critical instrument of statescraft in Nigeria. It is not lost on many Nigerians that this once inocuous activity between man and woman became the weapon deployed to resolve the political crisis that shook the nation to its foundations after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.



The story that made the rounds then was that when everything else had failed to unseat the maximum ruler that had emerged from the… Continue

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How the Judiciary Aids Corruption

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By ANAYOCHUKWU AGBO



The name of Cassius honours this corruption

And chastisement doth therefore hide its head.


— William Shakespeare in Julius Caesar.



Farida Waziri, retired assistant inspector general of police and chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is not known to be a flippant woman. Her two years in office have been defined more by what she did not say than what she said. So when… Continue

Added by News Updates on August 12, 2010 at 2:58pm — No Comments

The leader and his people

By Sam Amadi

Leaders make history. They change the course of history. It is doubtful that South Africa will become what it is today, a bright spot in Africa’s endless nightmare, if Nelson Mandela did not provide leadership to the post-Apartheid campaign for democracy in South Africa.

Great men make history, argued Thomas Carlyle in his classic: On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History.

Arguably, great men and women make history. They make history while leading their… Continue

Added by Gbooza! on August 7, 2010 at 7:05pm — No Comments

The Gap is Getting Wider

Gbenga Daniel, governor of Ogun State, openly admits that all efforts to resolve the disagreement between him and members of the state House of Assembly on the N50 billion bond have hit the rocks

The controversial N50 billion bond to be sourced from the capital market by the Ogun State government resurfaced at a recent stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, July 14. Gbenga Daniel, governor of Ogun State, used the opportunity to accuse members of the Ogun State House of Assembly of stifling… Continue

Added by News Updates on August 7, 2010 at 1:11pm — No Comments

The Battle for Benue

Written by Anza Philips, Abuja Bureau Sunday, 01 August 2010



George Akume, former governor of Benue State, and Gabriel Suswam, his successor engage in a battle for the political control of the stateThe simmering political feud between George Akume, immediate past governor of Benue State, now Senator representing Benue North West Senatorial district, otherwise known as Zone B and his successor, Gabriel Suswam, has blown open.



The former governor has been suspended from…
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New Threats to Amnesty

Written by Modupe Ogunbayo…
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New Threats to Amnesty

Written by Modupe Ogunbayo Sunday, 01 August 2010


The amnesty programme for ex-Niger Delta Militants may fall victim of greed and political bickering



The amnesty programme for the repentant Niger Delta militants is facing new threats. The ex-militants are unhappy with the manner in which the programme is being implemented and are pointing accusing fingers at the co-ordinators.



Some Niger Delta governors are also unhappy with the decision to leave the programme in…
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Boko Haram: One year after Can it happen again?

By TOPE ADEBOBOYE Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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•The police during mopping up



A gale of palpable apprehension suddenly swept through the city, forcing some business owners to close shop and head for their homes. Parents quickly collected their wards from the schools and raced to the confines of their homes. Many others resolved to relocate far away from town until the problem was effectively… Continue

Added by Gbooza! on August 3, 2010 at 6:07pm — No Comments

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